ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 Live Score: (AUS v PAK) Australia v Pakistan, 3rd Quarter-final Match in Adelaide
Chasing 214, half-centuries by Steve Smith, Shane Watson and a 29-ball 44 by Glenn Maxwell saw them home comfortably. At the other end, Pakistan were left ruing the handful of catches that were spilled which could have swung the match their way. The result means India will meet Australia in the fight for a spot in the final.
Watch: Misbah’s lucky escape
Steve Waugh’s words of wisdom to Oz ahead of crunch battle
‘There’s a reason why there’s pressure — it’s because you’re expected to do well and expected to perform’ More
Skipper Misbah-ul-Haq fancies Pakistan’s chances
“I think four straight wins gives you a lot of confidence as a playing unit, the mindset is good and the momentum is with us and this is the best time to play against such a good team because we are also in a good frame of mind” More
The last time the two teams met in World Cup, Pakistan upset Australia by four wickets in the 2011 edition. Scorecard
In 92 meetings, Australia have won 57 while Pakistan tasted success in the other 31 games.
Players to watch out for
The men-in-green look to have finally sorted out their opening problems with the arrival of Sarfraz Ahmed. Pakistan’s last experiment with the opening pair seems to have clicked. Sarfraz, who slammed a century against Ireland, has been a fine find for them. Read more
Captain Misbah-ul-Haq has always rescued the team from many a disadvantageous positions.
Along with their bowling firepower, the batting too looks impressive now.
Here’s a look at the top-5 performers for Pakistan
Meanwhile, the buzz Down Under has been on Mitchell Starc’s firepower. Publicly labelled “soft” by former test bowler Shane Warne only a few months ago, paceman Mitchell Starc has come of age at the cricket World Cup and could prove key to Australia’s hopes of winning a fourth trophy. Read more
Here’s a look at the top-5 performers for Oz
You can watch the livestreaming of the Australia vs Pakistan quarter-final here